The reason for Frank Matrisciano’s departure from Memphis

Strength and conditioning coach Frank Matrisciano was relieved of his duties from the University of Memphis staff after 2 1/2 seasons, according to a source from the athletic department.

When it was time to talk to the media, coach Pastner wouldn’t discuss the situation in full detail.

“He’s gonna pursue some other opporunitues. We wish him nothing but the very best,” Pastner said.

Pastner mentioned it was a personnel matter between he and his brother-in-law Matrisciano. Matrisciano was seen moving all of his belongings out of the Finch Center during the Tigers’ press conference talking about their next game on Thursday on the road against the No. 12 ranked Louisville Cardinals.

Matrisciano was free to talk later on Tuesday and gave his comments on the situation.

“My time here in Memphis was planned to be short-lived. Josh asked me to come in here and help in 2011. I expected it to be about a year or so. I felt I had met all my obligations,” Matrisciano said.

“I felt I blew this place up and turned it on to a whole different level of fitness that they’d never seen before. Of course, I love the guys. I wish everybody nothing but the best. I’ll always be in touch with these guys because once they’re in my loop, they’re in my loop, and I’ll be training these guys down the road in a professional manner.

“I have respect for Josh for what he does as a coach.”

Memphis is now in search for a new strength and conditioning coach. The have five other coaches to choose from the athletic department. Pastner plans on hiring a full-time coach in the spring. Matrisciano was being paid $85,000 a year on contract, but not as a full-time employee by the University of Memphis.

Matrisciano’s firing comes after the No. 24 Tigers’ lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday at the FedEx Forum by the final score of 69-53. Memphis shot 2-of-17 from long range, but outrebounded the Bearcats 41-38.

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.